Tuesday, June 17, 2014

A RECENT JUNK STORE FIND


Here is a recent junk store find, a ”Monnig’s Dry Goods Co. of Fort Worth, Texas” catalogue from 1962.

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The majority of the catalogue is in black and white.

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However a few were in color, including the rick rack and other trims

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and zippers.

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The back cover.

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Sewing supplies were not the only things in the catalogue although it took up about a quarter of the catalogue.  They sold a little bit of everything.  Bobby pins, pot and pans, baby clothing and accessories, Band Aids, the works.

It’s lots of fun to browse through the pages and remembering “the good old days.”  Baby, we’ve come a long, long way.

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Wednesday, June 11, 2014

ANTIQUING IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

Early last month, Sweetie and I went antiquing/junking on a short trip to part of the beautiful Texas Hill Country.  The wild flowers were blooming like crazy, including the prickly pear.  Did we stop to take pictures?  No!!!!

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This is a “public domain” photo I found on the Internet.  That’s how they looked.

We stayed overnight in Burnet, Texas and spent a lot of time antique/junk shopping.  Here are a few of the interesting things we saw at the Burnet Antique Mall.  This is one of my favorite antique malls of all time!

                                 Vintage Quilts
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Antique Spool Cabinets
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Doll Bunk Beds
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Hoosier-Style Kitchen Cabinet with Side Extension
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There were lots of other good things, but we didn’t bring anything home from there.

I’ll write more about this trip in my next blog post.  Until then, put the peddle to the metal and keep on sewing.
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Tuesday, June 10, 2014

MORE ANTIQUING/JUNKING IN THE TEXAS HILL COUNTRY

There are several antique/junk stores in Burnet, apparently including a flea market that we learned of too late to visit.  There was another indoor flea market that we managed to shop a store called The Knot Hole.
We bought lots and lots of colored glass to make garden totems like these I found on a Google Photo Search:

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multi from etsy

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We haven’t started creating yet because we are in the midst of closing out the estate of Sweetie’s parents, clearing out the household and putting the house on the market.  When we finally DO get a totem together, I will share a picture.  I’m sure we will learn from quite a few mistakes on the first couple of tries.  Just like making quilts.

Gotta go now. 
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Saturday, June 7, 2014

PINK QUILT IN PROGRESS


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And I do mean a very pink quilt!  This is a baby gift for my grand-niece Henlee who is over 3 months old now.  I’m down to my least favorite part of the process, machine quilting.  I’m just doing a grid because I haven’t practiced enough to do free-motion quilting.  I’m hoping to finish it before she turns 4 months old.

Hoping!!!!!
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Wednesday, May 21, 2014

MY QUILT IDOL, KIM DIEHL

Yes, last week I got to attend a Trinity Valley Quilters’ Guild sponsored workshop taught by one of my quilting heroes, Kim Diehl.

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Kim’s books are truly my favorites.  I have every one she’s written so far except the most recent one which I plan to purchase soon.  I resisted the urge to take my other 6 of her books for autographing.  Thought it would be a bit too much so I settled for the one this quilt pattern is in.

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She is as cute as her quilt designs.  And a patient, attentive teacher.

This is the quilt we worked on.  The pattern is called “Mocha Stars” and is found in her Simple Comforts book. We had so much fun!  Learned new invisible applique techniques, stem making tips, etc., etc. …..

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This is my progress.  First time I've used batiks with my other fabrics.

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After I zigzag around the star points and make a few more leaves, stems and some flowers, I can sew the halves together to make this into a pillow rather than a quilt. 

Unfortunately I was unable to attend the guild meeting the following day but have seen pictures of her trunk show.  All beautiful.

A few years ago I met one of my other quilt heroes, Jo Morton, at one of her needle-turn applique workshops.  Now I want to meet Edyta Sitar of Laundry Basket Quilts.  Someday!!!!!   Somehow!!!!!


Until next time, may your bobbins always be full.
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Friday, April 18, 2014

CHIRPING EASTER GREETINGS FROM ME TO YOU

May your Easter be full of blessings and love, with Easter baskets and colored eggs, and a gathering with your family and friends.

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Wednesday, April 16, 2014

FABRICS OF A DIFFERENT SORT

I as fortunate to win this book (Baskets, Birds and Boughs) and some lovely fabric from the Quiltmaker magazine blog, Quilty Pleasures.



The fabric colors and the book are so in tune with my personal taste so I like them a lot.

Then the next week my Sweetie texted me from an antique store in Brownwood with a picture of four feedsack fabrics.  Yes, buy them I texted back.  I am really crazy about this turquoise and brown one, and



 also the abstract purple, violet and brown one on the left here.



The blue and red on the right reminds me of an EKG print out with all it’s squiggly lines.

I don’t cut or use the feedsacks.  I just collect them because it reminds me of my dear Granny who died when I was in the second grade.  She always made sure that Granddad bought feedsacks with the same cloth bag design so she could make complete skirts, dresses, or shirts on her treadle sewing machine.


That's all for now . . .